While in Croatia this summer I picked up a cheap brush (about $10 US) at a drugstore, DM. I couldn't read the description on the box, but according to my SWMBO who took a few years of German, it's a badger. The included stand was a nice bonus! It's my second brush, and my first and only badger. The handle has a smooth, triangular (not round) shape--easy to grip. It's definitely easier to make a creamy lather with this one than with my Van Der Hagen boar. Even though this one wins with the bowl, though, I like to face lather more and I usually end up scrubbing away with the VDH instead. Anyone else have any experience with this brush?